Category: External News

Beef breeders trade outback Queensland for Uruguay B&B

A career in live export introduced former grazier Matt Simmons to Latin America, and the “slower pace of life” was incentive enough to move his family of seven across the Pacific. Source: ABC Livestock Beef breeders trade outback Queensland for Uruguay B&B

AuctionsPlus prices and clearances sharply higher, on the back of rain

Confidence-boosting rain across large areas of eastern Australia drove prices and clearance rates higher across all categories on AuctionsPlus this week. Source: Beef Central AuctionsPlus prices and clearances sharply higher, on the back of rain

MLA moves to longer term bushfire rebuild response

MEAT & Livestock Australia has shifted to a longer term operational response to assist in the rebuild for livestock producers affected by bushfires, after dropping a proposal for a $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund. Source: Sheep Central MLA moves to longer term bushfire rebuild response

Recruitment: Employability skills job candidates need in 2020

WHETHER you’re currently employed or actively searching for a new career in the lamb or wool industry, employability skills have a strong correlation to success on-the-job. Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Employability skills job candidates need in 2020

Volatility makes for light forward wool trading

IT was another crazy week on Australia’s spot auction wool market to open the year. Source: Sheep Central Volatility makes for light forward wool trading

Almost 43,000 sheep lost in Kangaroo Island fires

SHEEP make up the bulk of more than 43,000 farm animals lost in the bushfires on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island. Source: Sheep Central Almost 43,000 sheep lost in Kangaroo Island fires

Australian wool prices rebound after three-week break

MERINO wool prices improved by up to more than 100 cents a kilogram this week, as several buyers “attacked” the offering in the first Australian auctions after the annual three-week Christmas recess. Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices rebound after three-week break

MLA drops $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund

MLA has dropped a proposed $10 million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund to finance the transport of livestock out of affected areas, after industry body opposition and a roll-out of Federal Government support. Source: Beef Central MLA drops million Bushfire Emergency Response Fund

PODCAST: Why aren’t producers engaged with industry representation?

Rural journalists Nicole Bond and Jayne Cuddihy explore this question in the latest edition of their popular podcast “There’s an Elephant in My Paddock”. Source: Beef Central PODCAST: Why aren’t producers engaged with industry representation?

Feedgrain Focus: Prices jump as growers hold, fires disrupt

A continued lack of grower selling has driven up wheat and barley prices by up to $20 per tonne in the past month as traders scramble to cover short positions amid difficult supply conditions. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Prices jump as growers hold, fires disrupt

Bushfires: Have farm carbon projects gone up in smoke?

Carbon credit specialists say it is inevitable some farm based carbon storage projects will been have impacted by bushfires so far this summer, but it is unlikely proponents will face severe contractual liabilities as a result. Source: Beef Central Bushfires: Have farm carbon projects gone up in smoke?

SE Asia Report: Brazilian beef reaches Indonesian wet markets in volume

Also in today’s December 2019 South East Asian beef market report: Oversupply keeps Indonesian live cattle prices weak; African Swine Fever confirmed in Indonesia; Vietnamese and Thai prices up again, and insights into Ethiopa’s cattle and beef industry. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Brazilian beef reaches Indonesian wet markets in volume

Drought, bushfires trigger moves to strengthen farming resilience in 2020

The long-running drought and catastrophic fires that have impacted much of Australia will shape the policy focus of agricultural industry leaders in 2020, highlighting the need to build greater resilience into the farming sector. Source: Grain Central Drought, bushfires trigger moves to strengthen farming resilience in 2020

Recruitment: Employability skills beef industry job candidates will need in 2020

Whether you’re currently employed or actively searching for a new career in the red meat and livestock industry, employability skills have a strong correlation to success on-the-job. What are they? Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Employability skills beef industry job candidates will need in 2020

$74 million loan locks in first sulphate of potash mine

Australia’s first sulphate of potash operation has secured its financial arrangements with a $74 million Federal Government loan which will see the project ready for commercial production next year. Source: Grain Central million loan locks in first sulphate of potash mine

Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to 'Buy Queensland'

The Queensland Government is accused of “complete hypocrisy” for choosing two multi-national dairy processors over the family-owned Maleny Dairies to supply fresh milk and dairy products to some of the state’s major hospitals. Source: ABC Livestock Local milk company denied major government contract despite promise to ‘Buy Queensland’

ACC pays $20m district record for Augathella property, Gladys Downs

QUEENSLAND integrated beef supply chain and processor, Australian Country Choice, has paid a district record price of just under $1000/ha ($400/acre) bare to secure the quality large-scale Augathella district grazing… Source: Beef Central ACC pays m district record for Augathella property, Gladys Downs

McDonald’s unveils Aussie-first McVeggie burger

McDonald’s Australia has joined the list of chains offering plant based burgers in Australia with the nation-wide launch of its new “McVeggie” burger on Wednesday. Source: Beef Central McDonald’s unveils Aussie-first McVeggie burger

US-China trade agreement eases export tensions

The signing by the US and China of a trade agreement overnight has come as a circuit-breaker in the long-running trade dispute between the two countries and eased some of the concerns of exporting nations such as Australia. Source: Grain Central US-China trade agreement eases export tensions

Warning for fire affected properties as rain approaches

Fire affected landholders in hilly and mountainous areas are warned to prepare for flash flooding, soil erosion and possible landslides ahead of the thunderstorms forecasted for later this week. Source: Beef Central Warning for fire affected properties as rain approaches

‘It suddenly got very real’: Corryong’s devastating bushfire ordeal

Corryong cattle producer and livestock agent Justin Costello describes the isolation property owners felt as devastating fires approached the region over the New Year period, and how the community is fighting to recover in the aftermath. Source: Beef Central ‘It suddenly got very real’: Corryong’s devastating bushfire ordeal

Warning on flooding, erosion and landslides in fire areas

AGRICULTURE Victoria is warning fire-affected landholders in hilly and mountainous areas to prepare for flash flooding, soil erosion and possible landslides before thunderstorms forecast later this week. Source: Sheep Central Warning on flooding, erosion and landslides in fire areas

Manion wool foundation organising Gippsland sheep feed

BUSHFIRE-HIT East Gippsland sheep producers will soon receive up to 30 tonnes of sheep pellets in a special donation organised by the Michael Manion Wool Industry Foundation. Source: Sheep Central Manion wool foundation organising Gippsland sheep feed

'Dick's Hay' for sale as Kangaroo Islanders help family rocked by tragedy

Kangaroo Island farmers and friends of Dick and Clayton Lang, killed this month fighting the island’s fires, have rallied together to help sell the last bales of the family’s hay. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Dick’s Hay’ for sale as Kangaroo Islanders help family rocked by tragedy

Victoria rolls out first $75,000 bushfire grants

BUSHFIRE Recovery Grants of up to $75,000 have been extended to farmers in 15 local council areas in Victoria following the Federal Government’s announcement earlier this week. Source: Sheep Central Victoria rolls out first ,000 bushfire grants

Sheep condition scoring tool could aid flock recovery

A HAND-HELD sheep condition scoring device that could play a key part in lifting reproduction to rebuild the national flock needs a commercial investor. Source: Sheep Central Sheep condition scoring tool could aid flock recovery

AWEX proposes two non-mulesed categories on wool declaration

WOOL from sheep treated with freeze branding will be defined in an alternative ‘non-mulesed’ category under a proposal by the Australian Wool Exchange put to the industry this week. Source: Sheep Central AWEX proposes two non-mulesed categories on wool declaration

Time for farmers to be paid for the ecosystems services they provide

The Farmers for Climate Action group is calling for the Federal Government to support farmers to become a greater part of multifaceted climate solutions in 2020, including payments for the ecosystem services they can and do provide. Source: Beef Central Time for farmers to be paid for the ecosystems services they provide

World shearing record attempts continue in Australia

WORLD shearing record attempts will resume in 2020 this weekend with an attempt on the single-stand eight-hour Merino ewe record in Western Australia. Source: Sheep Central World shearing record attempts continue in Australia

More Rural Financial Counsellors to support bushfire recovery 

The Australian Government has an additional $15 million will be spent over the next two years to create 60 more rural financial counsellors and support worker positions. Source: Beef Central More Rural Financial Counsellors to support bushfire recovery 

Farmer bodies urge authorities to limit bushfire relief red tape

VICTORIAN and New South Wales farmer bodies have urged state government authorities to minimise red tape associated with $75,000 bushfire relief grants and other assistance announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday. Source: Sheep Central Farmer bodies urge authorities to limit bushfire relief red tape

EYCI shows sharp rise in anticipation of rain

The prospect of significant rain over parts of eastern Australia over the next week, combined with strong early January southern weaner sale results has driven the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator sharply higher during the opening stages of 2020. Today’s figure of 505.25c/kg is up 23.5c on the final quote for the 2019 year back on… Read more »

Roma store sale 14 Jan 2020: Prices lift on opening rates

The quality of the yarding varied and prices were reflective of the variations, but overall prices improved significantly from the previous week. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 14 Jan 2020: Prices lift on opening rates

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 January 2020

THUNDERSTORMS have developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in south-east Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 January 2020

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 Jan 2020

Thunderstorms developed across northern Australia, generating moderate falls, while severe thunderstorms produced locally heavy falls in southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 15 Jan 2020

Ample world fertiliser supplies keep prices in check: Rabobank

Global phosphate prices are at their lowest level in more than 10 years, with a significant drop-off in demand and additional supplies expected to continue to keep a lid on prices into 2020. Source: Grain Central Ample world fertiliser supplies keep prices in check: Rabobank

Property: Final deals drawing close on prized Clark & Tait grazing assets

Beef Central understands that contracts were signed before Christmas on six of the seven grazing properties being offered under the Clark & Tait western Queensland grazing portfolio dispersal. Source: Beef Central Property: Final deals drawing close on prized Clark & Tait grazing assets

Weekly kill: Processor grid prices volatile in opening stages of 2020

It’s been a volatile start to the 2020 beef processing season, with grid offers opening at rates similar to late December, before pushing lower last week in the face of further heavy drought-forced cattle supply pressure. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Processor grid prices volatile in opening stages of 2020

$75,000 recovery grants for fire-affected primary producers

Farming businesses in fire-affected regions will get help to rebuild through an initial $100 million in emergency bushfire funding, which will be made available following agreement with relevant state governments. Source: Beef Central ,000 recovery grants for fire-affected primary producers

Keeping ahead of spotfires

From ember storms to bushfire-generated lightning strikes, bushfires have any number of tricks to further complicate their spread and behaviour. Source: Beef Central Keeping ahead of spotfires

Global tour underscores beef profitability imperatives

The beef industry in north west Queensland (NWQ) faces serious challenges to its prosperity unless a greater emphasis is placed on basic business principles, intellectual capital, environmental sustainability and global markets. Source: Beef Central Global tour underscores beef profitability imperatives

Grain Central stories that led the news in 2019

In a snapshot of the ‘year that was’ in the Australian grain industry, Grain Central takes a look back over the stories that led the news in 2019. Source: Grain Central Grain Central stories that led the news in 2019

National campdrafting finals axed as 'fires and famine' bite

The ongoing drought forces Australia’s largest campdrafting organisation to cancel its national finals competition for the first time in more than a decade. Source: ABC Livestock National campdrafting finals axed as ‘fires and famine’ bite

Farmers concerned for hungry Gippsland livestock

Unable to truck feed in or to get their hungry cattle out, fire-affected farmers in East Gippsland believe a serious animal welfare issue is looming. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers concerned for hungry Gippsland livestock

Drought declared for the entirety of NSW, but some rain is forecast

The latest Combined Drought Indicator shows intense drought conditions continued in the state’s far-west and north-east, while conditions have worsened in central and south-east regions. Source: ABC Livestock Drought declared for the entirety of NSW, but some rain is forecast

Dubbo wool broker makes mulesing declaration compulsory

AUSTRALIA’S wool brokers are being urged to support the initiative of Dubbo company Macdonald and Co to make National Wool Declaration a condition of sale for all grower-owned and classed clips. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo wool broker makes mulesing declaration compulsory

Victoria announces bushfire tax relief and support

VICTORIA’S State Government has announced a $14.4 million bushfire recovery support program for fire-affected communities, including immediate tax relief for residents and businesses. Source: Sheep Central Victoria announces bushfire tax relief and support

Wool growers urged to seek assistance after bushfires

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s general manager of research, Dr Jane Littlejohn, has urged wool growers not to be silent if they needed assistance after recent bushfires. Source: Sheep Central Wool growers urged to seek assistance after bushfires

Pellets trucked to cattle in bushfire-stricken Gippsland

THE first load of cattle pellets for bushfire-affected farmers in north-east Victoria left Ballarat today amid fears of a coming shortage of uncommitted fodder available for livestock in fire-ravaged areas. Source: Sheep Central Pellets trucked to cattle in bushfire-stricken Gippsland

Former Wellard boss eyes new live export venture

Former Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini has unveiled plans to develop a new livestock export venture, based on “cleaner, smarter” LNG-powered livestock vessels that he says will significantly improve animal welfare and environmental performance. Source: Beef Central Former Wellard boss eyes new live export venture

Wetter than average week likely in rainfall outlook

A WETTER than average week is likely for 13-19 January  across much of the north and west of the continent, as well as in south-west Queensland and northern parts of New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Wetter than average week likely in rainfall outlook

Fears over fodder shortage in bushfire-affected areas

The first load of cattle pellets for bushfire-affected farmers in north-east Victoria left Ballarat today amid fears of a coming shortage of uncommitted fodder available for livestock in fire-ravaged areas. Source: Beef Central Fears over fodder shortage in bushfire-affected areas

Weekly rainfall outlook 13 Jan 2020: Wetter than average week likely

For 13-19 January, a wetter than average week is likely across much of the north and west of the continent, as well as in southwest Queensland and northern parts of NSW. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall outlook 13 Jan 2020: Wetter than average week likely

National Sausage Kings set to be crowned

The humble snag will be celebrated in all its glory next month when the 2020 National Sausage King winners are crowned at a gala event being held this year in Terrigal, NSW. Source: Beef Central National Sausage Kings set to be crowned

Kay’s Cuts: More global twists await red meat in 2020

The global protein business had more than its fair share of twists and turns last year, and 2020 will see more of the same, notably in China and Japan, writes US meat and livestock market commentator Steve Kay. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: More global twists await red meat in 2020

Northern WA's cattle country drenched by cyclone rain

While vast areas of Australia are being impacted by bushfires, many cattle stations in northern Western Australia are celebrating a wet start to 2020, with some reporting their best rain in two years. Source: ABC Livestock Northern WA’s cattle country drenched by cyclone rain

Lighter young cattle firmer in 2020’s opening AuctionsPlus sale

Lighter steers and heifers were firmer in price in the first AuctionsPlus sales for the year held this week, compared with closing rates in 2019. Source: Beef Central Lighter young cattle firmer in 2020’s opening AuctionsPlus sale

Agribusiness community digs deep for bushfire support

Agribusinesses associated with Australia’s livestock industries are digging deep to offer financial aid and in-kind support for rural communities devastated by bushfires across four states over the past four weeks. Here’s a summary of contributions in cash and urgently needed goods that have been announced by donors over the past couple of days….. Source:… Read more »

JBS donates $1 million to underpin Australian Volunteer Firefighter Trust

As bushfire aid and support continues to flow in from across the business and general community this week, beef and sheepmeat processor JBS Australia has announced a $1 million donation to the Australian Volunteer Trust, established by the Business Council of Australia in partnership with Equity Trustees. Source: Sheep Central JBS donates million to… Read more »

Agribusiness community digs deep for bushfire support

Agribusinesses associated with Australia’s livestock industries are digging deep to offer financial aid and in-kind support for rural communities devastated by bushfires across four states over the past four weeks. Here’s a summary of contributions in cash and urgently needed goods that have been announced by donors over the past couple of days….. Source:… Read more »

Recruitment: Diverse beef industry career opportunities on offer for 2020

There’s been a host of new job listings added to our Jobs Central platform over the Christmas/New Year break. Lower, middle and upper-management career opportunities recently listed cover the lotfeeding, cattle production, processing, beef marketing, agribusiness, aviation, quality assurance, administration and sales fields. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Diverse beef industry career opportunities on offer… Read more »

Over a billion animals now dead in NSW bushfires, wildlife experts say

The number has more than doubled from the original figure, while the loss of insects — a critical food source and pollinator — is thought to be in the “hundreds of billions”. Source: ABC Livestock Over a billion animals now dead in NSW bushfires, wildlife experts say

JBS donates $1 million to underpin Australian Volunteer Firefighter Trust

As bushfire aid and support continues to flow in from across the business and general community this week, beef and sheepmeat processor and food manufacturer JBS Australia has announced a $1 million donation to the Australian Volunteer Trust, established by the Business Council of Australia in partnership with Equity Trustees. Source: Beef Central JBS… Read more »

China sweeps past Japan and US as Australia’s largest export beef customer in 2019

China’s recent dominance as the world’s largest beef customer has been underlined by 2019 Australian calendar year export statistics released this week, which have seen the Asian giant sweep past traditional customers Japan and the US as our largest beef export destination. Source: Beef Central China sweeps past Japan and US as Australia’s largest… Read more »

A matter of when, not if, cattle prices will rise because of drought

The relentless drought is seeing more breeding female cattle sent to slaughter, with industry leaders warning of significant price increases when the long dry does break. Source: ABC Livestock A matter of when, not if, cattle prices will rise because of drought

Resilient beef industry committed to rebuild: Cattle Council

Devastating losses suffered by cattle producers in bushfires across south-eastern Australia in recent weeks has compounded the crippling impacts endured by thousands of producers in the past year due to fire, floods and unrelenting drought. Source: Beef Central Resilient beef industry committed to rebuild: Cattle Council

MLA working to ascertain full impact of bushfires on livestock

Meat & Livestock Australia’s Jason Strong says about nine percent of Australia’s national cattle herd is located in regions that have been significantly impacted by bushfires and a further 11pc in regions partially impacted. Source: Beef Central MLA working to ascertain full impact of bushfires on livestock

Hamilton weaner sales Day 2: EU premium gap widens + VIDEOS

Strong competition for European Union credentialed cattle and those properly weaned were again highlights of day-two selling at Hamilton’s annual beef weaner sales. Source: Beef Central Hamilton weaner sales Day 2: EU premium gap widens + VIDEOS

$4m grant round opens to enhance food chain traceability

The Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants worth $4 million to fund projects to enhance traceability in the food supply chain, enhancing trust in Australian-grown products and boosting the competitiveness of agricultural exporters. Source: Beef Central m grant round opens to enhance food chain traceability

Wagga sale 6 Jan 2020: New year opens with bigger yarding

The first prime sale of year at Wagga produced a bigger offering of just over 3400 cattle. The market opened up to softer price trends with some processors yet to commence buying at physical markets. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 6 Jan 2020: New year opens with bigger yarding

Quarter of Kangaroo Island's unique bees may have died in bushfires

Apiarists estimates about 1,000 of the island’s hives have been burnt in bushfires that have devastated the western half of the “bee utopia”. Source: ABC Livestock Quarter of Kangaroo Island’s unique bees may have died in bushfires

Northern feedlots drive demand at opening Hamilton weaner sale + VIDEO

A massive 64 percent of a 3620-strong Angus steer yarding will depart the state of Victoria following the first day of selling at Hamilton’s annual beef weaner sales. Source: Beef Central Northern feedlots drive demand at opening Hamilton weaner sale + VIDEO

$2 billion national bushfire recovery fund announced

The Federal Government will establish a new agency with an initial $2 billion for a national bushfire recovery fund to coordinate a national response to rebuild communities and livelihoods after the devastating fire-front has passed. Source: Beef Central billion national bushfire recovery fund announced

Military in seven-day race to bury hundreds of thousands of dead animals

Australia’s Defence Force will dig mass graves for the country’s burned livestock, as the Agriculture Minister starts the clock to avoid a biosecurity emergency. Source: ABC Livestock Military in seven-day race to bury hundreds of thousands of dead animals

Tales of survival emerge from the deadly Kangaroo Island bushfire

With embers raining down and the fire almost on top of him, Jonny Gloyne jumped in his car and had to drive “through a wall of flame” to safety. Source: ABC Livestock Tales of survival emerge from the deadly Kangaroo Island bushfire

Farmers grapple with how to dispose of livestock killed in bushfires

Images of fleeing kangaroos and dehydrated koalas have captured the world’s attention during Australia’s bushfire crisis — but heartbreaking photos of perished livestock paint an equally devastating picture. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers grapple with how to dispose of livestock killed in bushfires

Concerns for devastated wildlife and livestock as third of Kangaroo Island burnt

The devastating degree of damage to infrastructure, livestock and wildlife is coming to light as bushfires continue to burn on Kangaroo Island, while a man is charged with intentionally causing bushfires in a separate incident in South Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Concerns for devastated wildlife and livestock as third of Kangaroo Island burnt

Facelift to change outback adventure road forever

The rugged bush track that attracts thousands of thrillseekers every year looks set for a radical change, and local communities cannot wait. Source: ABC Livestock Facelift to change outback adventure road forever